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Samsarah Morgan Teaches at ICTC Conference

It was my honor to present my worskop “When Baby Becomes an Ancestor at this years ICTC, International Center for Traditonal Childbearing’s Black Midwives and Healers Conference!

 

It is my pleasure to present it here!  I look forward to your comments!

 

 

Being Black in America is hazardous to the health of pregnant women

 

This video shares a good deal of the concerns – we are working to bring solutions.  While we cannot quickly eliminate the racism  – we can provide tools to our community to combat internalized oppression and to provide tools , education and information to support healthy life style choices.

 

That’s our commitment to Oakland’s African American Mothers!

#blacklivesmatter

Event – Oakland Remembers Our Lost Babies 9/27/15

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Septenber is Infant Mortality Awareness Month.

Let us gather to remember Oakland’s children who did not live to see their first birthday.

And let us learn the steps we can take as a community to make infant mortality a very rare experience!

Please bring :

a candle
food to share
a story, poem or art work in memory of a lost young one.

What we will do:

we will gather and share lunch together
we will listen to each other
share with each other
share resources and
have a moment of silence – to honor our beloved baby ancestors
and create a community of respect and support.

Who should attend:
All Oakland/ East Bay Citizens
Any one who has lost a child, via miscarriage, still birth or crib death – and loss before its first birthday.

Please wear white.
See you then!

Questions? Please contact Samsarah Morgan ED Oakland Better Birth Foundation and Nia Healing Center for Birth and Family Life

McElroy Fountain @ Lake Merritt 2pm – 6pm

This is a free event but please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oakland-remembers-our-lost-babies-tickets-18590186749#

RSVP using FaceBook via:https://www.facebook.com/events/1041598279191782/

This is a joint production of:
Oakland Better Birth Foundation oaklandbetterbirthfoundation.wordpress.com
Mother Health International motherhealth.org
Nia Healing Center for Birth and Family Life niahealingcenter.org
Occupy (Decolonize) Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting -An Occupy Oakland Caucus
Bay Area Birth Justice Fairs and Forums

#blackbabiesmatter

“#BLACKBABIESMATTER”

Yesterday was our country’s celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday. A holiday long fought for, and certainly well-deserved. With it, we remember the gifts Dr. King gave to this country, and honor all who worked with him during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s and 70’s.

This year, this celebration unfolded in the path of our newest incarnation of the Civil Rights fight, the #blacklivesmatter movement. This movement, and the actions carried out under its banner, calls attention to the lives of black men and women at the hands of criminal police personnel. It takes yet another focused look at how racism — individual, cultural, and systemic racism and internalized oppression — leaves African Americans and other people of color out of the American Dream, and sets them up for suffering and death.

To this dialogue, I wanted to add a word about The American Way of Birth. The same infusion of systemic structures makes birthing a child in this country a very dangerous proposition.

The infant mortality rate among black infants is 2.4 times higher than that of white infants, primarily due to preterm birth. http://www.cdc.gov/media/subtopic/matte/pdf/CDCMatteReleaseInfantMortality.pdf
The private nature of infant mortality has made it a quiet crisis, lacking the public discussion or high-profile campaigns that accompany cancer, autism, or postpartum depression.
African-Americans fare far worse: Their rate of 13.3 deaths per 1,000 is almost double the national average, and higher than Sri Lanka’s. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/us/efforts-to-combat-high-infant-mortality-rate-among-blacks.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Statistics are comparable among Native American infants.
The CIA publishes a list of the world’s countries, ranked by their infant mortality rates. At the bottom, with the highest rates of neonatal deaths: Afghanistan, Angola, Somalia. At the top: Monaco, Singapore, Sweden. Where’s the United States? It doesn’t even crack the top 30, falling behind nearly all of its “first world” contemporaries. Recent studies show that the US overall has among the worse infant and maternal mortality rates among industrialized countries. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jackie-copelandcarson/saving-our-future-remembe_b_1666409.html
“This racial disparity may be caused by socioeconomic disparities not just in adulthood but across the lifecourse, stress and discrimination, environmental quality differences as a consequence of residential segregation (e.g., pollution, crime, access to parks and supermarkets), and also differences in infant sleep practices,” says Peter C. van Dyck, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration http://www.minoritynurse.com/article/quiet-crisis-racial-disparities-and-infant-mortality#sthash.k0sjlE2c.dpuf
Recent increases in black infant mortality also coincide with significant cuts in programs designed to assist the poor, and an erosion of benefits in jobs held by many poverty-level workers.
Blacks have consistently had higher infant mortality rates compared with other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. This gap continues. Blacks had the highest infant mortality rate during the 2002-2004 period (a three-year period yields greater statistical stability), when nearly 14 black infants died for every 1,000 births http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2007/ColorDivideinInfantMortality.aspx
Second generation African women now have the same infant mortality rate as their African-American sisters.

A read though that information above should give a caring person pause. It should shake us to our core as American citizens, and move us to make the changes needed to stop this relentless and unnecessary stream of death.

As we consider the phrase #blacklivesmatter, I would like us to consider all black lives: those of Women, Men, Children, Elders, and Infants.

I would like to remind American citizens of all races that the deaths of people of color is simply the chirping of canaries choking in the coal mine, and that it ought to be the desire of every American citizen to consider making the American Dream align more closely with the dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

These dreams must be made available to all citizens. Our constitution says that we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This great country has the resources to facilitate healthy happy pregnancies for mothers of color. The loss there is directly linked to issues of poverty and its resulting stress. It is tied to racism, and to the weight exerted upon a human being living in an environment that tells her over and over again that she is not worthy of life.

Any mammal would have a difficult time with pregnancy and birth in a hostile environment; humans are no exception. The prevailing energetic atmosphere for people of color (and for poor people of any color) in this country is deeply threatening.

Maternal and infant death happens, even if everything is done “right”, but this ought to be a very rare and heartbreaking event. Take a look at the statistics above and imagine the cloud of grief hanging over the homes and hearts of African Americans grieving for lost babies, named and unnamed. How do you imagine the loss of these children and their mothers affect the quality of life for the loved ones left behind?

#blacklivesmatter reminds us all of the outrage of a life wasted, and reminds us of our responsibility to one another as human beings and citizens of this country. To this end, I am inspired by all of the nonviolent direct actions that have been sweeping the country and especially the Bay Area. I am inspired by my fellow citizens as they take to the streets to call again and again for social justice and an end to systematic racism. I pray that those actions remind our government of their responsibility to answer the call of the people, as opposed to the call of monied interests whose aim is quite clear: the padding of their own pockets on the backs of the nation’s children.

I add to this chorus a reminder of the “least of these”: the mommas and their babies, who also have a right to life, liberty and the ability to pursue happiness. I believe that Dr. King would be very proud of the Bay Area protests, of all of the protests.

May we keep working till the work is done.

(Thank you, Nicole Vranas, for your invaluable research.)

Remembering Sandy Hook, and all the worlds children!

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Today is the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

The Oakland Better Birth Foundation wishes to call for a moment of silent remembrance the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Lets remember the children who were slain, the brave educators and other adults who risked their lives to secure the safety of young ones.

Let us remember and send love to the grieving families of the slain children and educators.

And may we continue to work with out ceasing until we live in a world where no child, anywhere, needs to fear violence invading their classroom.

Samsarah Morgan, Executive Director
http://www.oaklandbetterbirthfoundation.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Oakland-Better-Birth-Foundation/766107200077253

Please spread this event.  Join us on Face Book!

https://www.facebook.com/events/773269109434670/?pnref=story

On Ferguson 11.24.14

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The Oakland Better Birth Foundation, rises in support with the protestors in Oakland Ca., Ferguson MO and New York, NY.. We decry the decsion to not even dignify the Michael Brown killing with a trial. We see this as a slap in the face to families of color in this country and to any citizen who truly values justice. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Michael Brown and others on the eveer growing list of black brown and poor youth killed by criminal police officers.
Samsarah Morgan, Executive Director , Tess Clabby, Xandrea Sanford, Alexandra Thomas – Board Members and volunteers

Join us for Childbirth Education and C-Section Avoidance Classes

Join us for Childbirth Education in Richmond!
Hello and thank you for shopping at the Pregnancy Birth and Baby Boutique!

We will be honored to help you prepare for the most exciting and sometimes most stressful time in a family’s life – the birth of a baby! The following classes are being offered to support you mind, body and soul.
Please sign our mailing list.
We are adding new classes every month. If there is a class you would like to have us offer, please let me know lsamsarahmorgan@gmail.com.
There is a fee for classes and if your family needs please pay what you can – please do not let finances keep you from getting information that will have you have a more satisfying birth and breastfeeding experience!

Feel free to call me with any questions 510 -393 7380. Samsarah Morgan, Instructor and Class Coordinator. NOTE: No class on Thanksgiving!

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Wednesdays 1-3pm and Saturdays 5-7 pm

Childbirth Preparation and C-section Avoidance Series
These classes will cover all a family needs to know to make wise choices and have a healthy birth experience. Learn the role of a doula and birth plan in taking charge of your experience with medical personnel. This class is suitable for families birthing at home, hospital and birth center.
Fees: 20.00 / per unit or 80.00 paid in full for the series.

Class 1
Pregnancy and Labor

What’s needs to possibly avoid high risk situations in labor?
Topics: Fetal Development. Diet and exercise. prenatal testing. How does labor start? How can I mange labor with medications?

Class 2
Birth at home – Birth in a hospital.
What is it like to birth at home? Is this an option for your family?
What is the hospital experience? What are common medical procedures offered to women in labor?

Class 3
Cesarean section.
What is a cesarean section? When might it be necessary? How can an unneeded surgery be avoided? Discussing VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section)

Class 4
My New Born Baby. My New Life as a Mother
Topics: What are the needs of you newborn? What procedures will the hospital staff offer to you after the birth of your child? Breastfeeding: a quick how to Guide.
Your first week with your new baby.

Class 5 Labor Preparation Exercises
Topics: we will discuss positions that encourage a smooth labor – breathing relaxation, hypnosis, and other tools that help labor progress powerfully and naturally. Even if you plan to use medications – these tools will prove to be a huge help in early labor!

The following classes are coming soon – please sign our mailing list to be informed of our start date or email me on lsamsarahmorgan@mail.com

Breastfeeding: Tips and Tools

Meet the Midwife night

Do I need a doula? Doula information night!

Dancing for Birth

Nutrition for Pregnancy and Birth

Hypnosis for Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting

To register for classes. Click the link – http://goo.gl/forms/EHQrBS63mu
Payments can be made via cash, check payable to Samsarah Morgan, and paypal to niahealingcenter@aol.com

Help spread the word!

Join us for Childbirth Education in Richmond!
Hello and thank you for shopping at the Pregnancy Birth and Baby Boutique!

We will be honored to help you prepare for the most exciting and sometimes most stressful time in a family’s life – the birth of a baby! The following classes are being offered to support you mind, body and soul.
Please sign our mailing list.
We are adding new classes every month. If there is a class you would like to have us offer, please let me know lsamsarahmorgan@gmail.com.
There is a fee for classes and if your family needs please pay what you can – please do not let finances keep you from getting information that will have you have a more satisfying birth and breastfeeding experience!

Feel free to call me with any questions 510 -393 7380. Samsarah Morgan, Instructor and Class Coordinator. NOTE: No class on Thanksgiving!

___________________________________________________________

Wednesdays 1-3pm and Saturdays 5-7 pm

Childbirth Preparation and C-section Avoidance Series
These classes will cover all a family needs to know to make wise choices and have a healthy birth experience. Learn the role of a doula and birth plan in taking charge of your experience with medical personnel. This class is suitable for families birthing at home, hospital and birth center.
Fees: 20.00 / per unit or 80.00 paid in full for the series.

Class 1
Pregnancy and Labor

What’s needs to possibly avoid high risk situations in labor?
Topics: Fetal Development. Diet and exercise. prenatal testing. How does labor start? How can I mange labor with medications?

Class 2
Birth at home – Birth in a hospital.
What is it like to birth at home? Is this an option for your family?
What is the hospital experience? What are common medical procedures offered to women in labor?

Class 3
Cesarean section.
What is a cesarean section? When might it be necessary? How can an unneeded surgery be avoided? Discussing VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section)

Class 4
My New Born Baby. My New Life as a Mother
Topics: What are the needs of you newborn? What procedures will the hospital staff offer to you after the birth of your child? Breastfeeding: a quick how to Guide.
Your first week with your new baby.

Class 5 Labor Preparation Exercises
Topics: we will discuss positions that encourage a smooth labor – breathing relaxation, hypnosis, and other tools that help labor progress powerfully and naturally. Even if you plan to use medications – these tools will prove to be a huge help in early labor!

The following classes are coming soon – please sign our mailing list to be informed of our start date or email me on lsamsarahmorgan@mail.com

Breastfeeding: Tips and Tools

Meet the Midwife night

Do I need a doula? Doula information night!

Dancing for Birth

Nutrition for Pregnancy and Birth

Hypnosis for Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting

To register for classes. Click the link – http://goo.gl/forms/EHQrBS63mu
Payments can be made via cash, check payable to Samsarah Morgan, and paypal to niahealingcenter@aol.com

Help spread the word!
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